Do you think people who read are smarter than people who don’t read? Why or why not?
I think there are benefits to reading, regardless if you are reading for the fun of it or you’re reading for learning purposes. You can broaden your vocabulary/grammar, learn some valuable lessons from the author, etc. But at the very least, I believe you can keep your mind sharper by reading (especially if you read on a regular basis). What about you?
Have you ever been turned off from reading? Why or why not?
I don’t think there was anything that has turned me off of reading. Now, I’ve had books that I’ve lost interest in because they didn’t hold my attention but I’ve never lost interest in reading completely. Even if I wasn’t the fastest reader or the best reader in my class, I still enjoyed reading. It was never a contest to me. I read because I find it entertaining and not to be better than anyone else. It’s like giving your brain a little vacation without having to leave the house (and books are much cheaper than going on an actual vacation).
First off, I want to wish a happy Halloween. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday, especially for those going trick or treating at some point today.
Now, to the topic at hand. Do you consider reading to be rude rather than interacting with other people around you? Why or why not?
In this day in age, I see people buried in their cell phone all day. So, my question is how can someone accuse a person of being rude to read a book instead of interacting with the people around them when other people bury themselves in their phones? I’ve always been kind of on the shy side so it was always hard for me to interact with others. That may have been something that helped draw me to reading. So, I don’t consider it rude when someone reads instead of interacting with other people….some people are just introverts.
Has there ever been a book out there that has made you cry? Which book was it? What was it about that book specifically that brought on the tears?
The only thing that I remember crying over was during the Harry Potter series, most notably the latter part of the series when things started getting darker. There were certain deaths that really hit you hard during that series. I understand that there was a “war” going on from about the end of the 4th book till the end of the series and that death is an unfortunate part of that. There were just some deaths that were so unexpected or sudden that you really felt it. I think that is one thing that can make an author a really good one…..when they’ve gotten you so attached to a character that you feel that loss when that particular characters passes away.
In the world today, it can be hard to find more time to read when there is so much to do. Maybe your job demands a lot of your attention or you are very busy with school or you have a family to take care of. There are so many things out there in the world that require your attention so that may leave you with very little time to read.
Set yourself a goal to read a little each day. It can be something small, like you can agree to read maybe one chapter a day before going to bed or spend your commute to/from work reading (as long as you’re not the person driving the vehicle) or maybe you can dedicate the last 5 minutes of your lunch break to reading a portion of whatever book you’re on. Whatever it is, start off small with something that is easily obtainable. Once you get yourself in the habit of reading a certain amount everyday, then you can extend it little by little. Like you can extend it from 1 chapter to 2 chapters or maybe reading the last 10 minutes of your lunch break or whatever.
Choose something you’ll enjoy….
Making time for reading will be easier if you are reading something that you really enjoy. Reading will seem a lot more interesting and fun if you’re reading something that captures and holds your attention, thus making it less like a chore. Also, if you run into something that you don’t like, don’t power through it or force yourself to read it. If you’re not enjoying it, move on to the next one.
Keep a list….
Make a list of books you’d like to read and keep it on you. That way, it will make it easier to choose books to read the next time you’re at your local library or bookstore. If you need help finding books to read, you can find bloggers who can offer suggestions that are to your tastes.
When you read a book you enjoyed, share it with other readers. They may be able to recommend something to you and you’ll find other books to read.
If possible, create a quiet space for you to read in that is free of distractions and too much noise. For example, I have all my books in a spare bedroom of the house. I also have a little loveseat in there as well to relax on when I’m reading. My hubby refers to that spare room as my library.
This is my 100th post on my blog. I’m so excited! I know my blog hasn’t been around as long and I don’t have quite as many posts on it as some of the others out there. I’d just like to celebrate the little wins with those of you who are following my blog and like to read up on what I’m writing about. I also want to take this time to thank all of you who are following my blog and to anyone who takes the time to read, like or comment any article I write. I know you don’t have to take the time to do that but you did. For that, I say thank you.
Anyway, I’m close to finishing the book I’m currently reading so there will be another post coming soon about it. My thoughts are beginning to stray towards what book I’ll choose next when I am done with this one. So, how do you go about choosing that next book to read when you finish the one you’re on? Do you just pick a book at random? Do rotate through different genres so you don’t get burned out on anything? If so, what genres do you go through and in what order are they? Do you choose books by a specific author? Does your mood determine which one you pick up next? How do you choose?
I usually go by what I feel like reading at that specific moment. I usually spend a few minutes browsing my bookshelves (or my Kindle) to determine which book I’m going to read next. Sometimes, it is an agonizing decision but I do come to a choice eventually.
Are there any specific genre’s that you typically steer clear of? Why?
I typically don’t read any non-fiction. When I’m reading, I normally read for the fun of it or because it offers some sort of entertainment value. I don’t think I’ve read any non-fiction since I was in school, if my memory serves me right. Anyway, if I’m not entertained at all by the book I’m reading then I’m not going to continue reading it.
I also don’t read a lot of romance. I will read a romance once in great while but it is rare. There may be some books I’ve read that may have some elements of romance in them or it’s a side story going on in a book but it’s not the main theme of the story.
What is the best book that you received as a gift?
One year for my birthday, my hubby purchased the first three books in the Harry Potter series. This was right around the time when the 5th book in the series was just being released in paperback form. I got interested in reading Harry Potter books kind of late in the series. I originally didn’t think I would like the series when it first came out because I knew they were books written for kids. But I found out that there were several friends or relatives of mine that were reading the books so I changed my mind and decided to give it a try. I ended up liking the first three books so much that I immediately went out to get the 4th and 5th book with some of my birthday money.
I also ended up renting the first three movies and watching them when I had a couple of days off from work. Before I could return them, my hubby ended up watching them and he ended up liking the movies. So he ends up going to watch all the movies with me when they are released in theater from that point on. He goes with me to see the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movies when they come out every other year and I think he is just as excited to see them as I am.
What makes you dislike a book you’ve read?
For me, it’s a really poor ending when I’ve invested so much time reading the entire book. I can’t stand spending all that time reading and be disappointed by the way it ends. Now, I’ll admit that this doesn’t happen to me much. Most of the time I’m happy with the way things are wrapped up in the books I’ve read. But once in a while……
What about you? What makes you really not like a particular book? Is it that you can’t get into the story? Are the characters not relatable?
What is your biggest problem with reading?
For me, it’s finding enough time to read. I could spend all day reading if I am allowed to. Unfortunately, I have a job that I have to go to in order to help pay the bills. I do try to do chores and stuff like that on the days that I work so that on the days that I have off from my job, I can spend those days doing stuff I enjoy….like reading. If I could get paid to read, that would be a dream!
Finding enough literature to read is not a problem. You’d see what I mean if you could see all the books I’ve got on my bookshelves and the books I have on my Kindle. I’ve got three bookshelves in the spare bedroom and they’re nearly full. It’s the reason I had to get a Kindle so that I could have books without them taking up a lot of space.